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Old April 9th, 2009, 10:55 PM   #141
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it looks like a very nice city
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Old April 25th, 2009, 11:40 AM   #142
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Construction is underway on a new project in Vancouver. Named Jameson House,

The tower which will stand at 115 metres is designed by renowned British architectural firm Fosters and Partners in conjunction with Walter Francl Architects Inc.



Proving that old and new can be mixed the project includes the restoration of the A-listed 1921 Ceperley Rounsfell Building and the retention of the facade of the B-listed Royal Financial Building, dating from 1929, as well as the new tower.

The tower is set on a squared, ten storey podium base which compliments the existing art-deco style building surrounding the tower. This will house office spaces, cafes and the all important retail spaces that no tower should be built without.

Above this the tower loses it rectangular form and thanks to an undulating façade when viewed from the side, seems to consist of four round shaped towers that all terminate with flat peaks. These will house a series of balconies and at the top, sky gardens, with wide views for the occupants to enjoy.

This upper section of the tower will house luxury condominiums with membership to the adjacent and very exclusive Terminal City Club which offers its members use of a 25 metre long lap pool, spa, squash courts normal and informal dining facilities and a plethora of other luxury services no tower dweller should be without.

Constructed from steel the tower has a fully glazed façade that has been designed to allow for open balconies and natural ventilation. Extensive green spaces feature throughout the tower and it will also have Vancouver's first central cogeneration plant which is planned to run on bio-diesel as primary fuel and will be combined with an absorption cooling plant.

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Old July 1st, 2009, 08:51 AM   #143
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Old August 1st, 2009, 04:08 AM   #144
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Old August 22nd, 2009, 06:47 PM   #145
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Old August 28th, 2009, 03:04 AM   #146
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Creekside Park

Howdy! This is my first post so I hope it's relevant. I was very curious what would happen at the last large Expo sites, and through some research last night, I found a cool concept plan that has been approved. The Concord area on the west side refers to one of the five additional towers planned by Concord Pacific. It looks as though the towers might be completed before the park unfortunately.

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And I found this very interesting as well.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 05:02 PM   #147
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Old September 11th, 2009, 05:50 PM   #148
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A new take on suburbia: high density
Mosaic's Tatton project in Coquitlam brings the Georgian housing style to an area more accustomed to isolationist tract housing

11 September 2009
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The Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam has many charms. The Pitt River runs through it, the North Shore Mountains nestle around it and greenery abounds. But edgy urban planning is not yet one of the bucolic community's strong points.

This is still very much a commuter's hub, where the mall is the retail option of choice and single-family housing is the norm. But there are signs of a slow sea change. The neighbourhood around city hall boasts a new café and a fledgling pedestrian area amidst new high rises and shopping centres. And the old Riverview mental hospital that runs along the highway next to the CPR line is poised between new condo development and a return to a residential facility, because let's face it, the suburbs can be calming.

But depending on how well planned they are, they can also pose a challenge to one's mental health. The ugly isolationist model is well represented along a stretch of the Lougheed Highway, where planners have erected a huge concrete barrier in front of cookie cutter suburban tract housing complete with plywood siding and faux hacienda-style tile roofing. Blink and you could be in a kinder, gentler Baghdad.

But hope is on the horizon. There is a better way, and it's cloaked in a Georgian row house exterior. That's right, Georgian row houses have come to Coquitlam, in a project called “Tatton,” developed by Mosaic and designed by architect Bob Worden of Ramsay Worden Architects.

For the West Coast, it's a relatively new housing type. It's advantage, explains Mr. Worden, is that it's a flexible, surprisingly cost efficient way to maximize space.“It was the pre-car, pre-urban sprawl solution to high density living,” he notes, and most importantly, in contrast to the typical single family suburban home, “it can build a sense of community.”

The front stoop becomes an important social space, where neighbours can meet and greet, and the close proximity fosters a feeling of collective responsibility for landscaping and upkeep.

Mr. Worden is a keen student of traditional row house forms, having spent years sketching them in both London and in Amsterdam. The Dutch version, he notes, is differentiated by its larger window frames, that “optimize the grey winter light,” a feature that he's happily incorporated into the Tatton homes.

“Bob was a natural choice as our architect,” says Luciano Zago, chief design manager at Mosaic, a company with a thing for Georgian row houses with similar projects in Vancouver and Surrey.

Modernists may look askance at such a traditional exterior, but before you can say “Prince Charles would love this,” consider the contemporary interiors of the Tatton homes. The 13 units, the first of a multi-pronged project, sits opposite a park and elementary school and embraces the slope of Burke Mountain. They may be Georgian on the outside, but inside they are essentially light filled modernist boxes.

What makes the Georgian row house modern, contends Zago, is its simplicity. The understated exterior makes for a flexible and extremely livable space. Like a good suit, he maintains, “you can dress it up or down with different accessories.”

The three-story houses are available in two models: a 15-foot wide 3 bedroom one (the dressed down version) and a 20-foot wide 4 bedroom one (the dressed up). Both units feature a ground floor with aflexible front facing space that could be a bedroom or office, a bathroom and a garage at the back with bedrooms on the third floor. The smaller units maximize space on the second floor with a fluid living, dining and kitchen area. From the East facing bay windows to the West facing patio, the light and the nine foot ceilings create an unexpected sense of airy spaciousness one would not anticipate in a 15-foot wide home. But the different spaces are delineated by a framed archway along the wall of the central dining area that offers a stylish transition into the kitchen on one side and living area on the other.

“We walk mayors and city planners through here regularly,” explains Mr. Zago, who cites the many by-law challenges in introducing urban design in a suburban area, “and they can't believe it's only 15 feet wide.”

Still, Mr. Zago relates that he had to work tirelessly to resolve issues such as density in a single family zone as well as regulations stipulating 2.2 parking units that were needed for each dwelling. This was partly solved by enlightened local plannershow? and by the building of public roads around the project – a considerable cost but one Mr. Zago clearly thinks was worth the price.

“Community building is always a goal at Mosaic,” he contends, citing the firm's mantra of “thoughtful, urbane densification.”

While it may be some time before Coquitlam becomes “urbane,” it's certainly easy to imagine how pedestrian-friendly amenities may soon build up around the Tatton project. Many of the homes have been sold to buyers with home offices who don't commute into the city but plan to live and work locally.

“Just imagine,” says Mr. Worden, gesturing to the empty lot across from the 13 newly built units, “ in a year from now there'll be kids riding their bikes up and down this street and playing hockey.”

Indeed the surrounding forest, creek and park playground would seem to make the site a potentially promising future neighbourhood.

Rather than that slow panic that starts to build when one stays too long in certain suburbs, there is a sense at Tatton that you might want to stay a while, chat with a neighbour on the stoop, before settling down in your calm, light filled living room. And if all goes according to Moasic's optimistic urbanist plan, residents may never have to experience rush hour again.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 10:37 AM   #149
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Good News?

The Ritz-Carlton might start again, taller this time
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Old September 17th, 2009, 03:18 AM   #150
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That's great news! Too bad it won't be finished for the Olympics though, uh uh.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 04:37 AM   #151
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Sirconga thank you for these news. Very excited that Vancouver will eventually build a huge skyscraper (possibly downtown???) this will be the new Vancouver landmark...
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Old September 17th, 2009, 04:59 AM   #152
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Let's hope for something around 250 m.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 08:34 PM   #153
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Excited!

Wow, I'm so glad to hear that they are resurrecting the Ritz Carlton project downtown! It was such a beautiful design and is going to be a tribute to the designer Arthur Erickson as his last building.

I personally think that the developers were pissed when they found out Shangri La (only a block away) had beat their height design by a few floors. I think they wanted to bring it back as 100% the tallest building in Vancouver.

If you are thinking of living there, think again:

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Mr. Tiah would not speculate on final prices, but conceded that no unit would be available for less than $1-million. The original $500-million proposal had contemplated units costing more than $2,000 a square foot and a penthouse suite priced at more than $20-million.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 05:01 AM   #154
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BC Place's new roof is back on
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Old November 11th, 2009, 05:21 PM   #156
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Vancouver office vacancies rising fast
22 September 2009
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Office vacancy rates in Vancouver are rising faster than in most cities across the country, according to a report released Monday.

The overall year-over-year vacancy rate for both downtown and suburban markets climbed to 8.9 per cent from 5.4 per cent in the third quarter, CB Richard Ellis said in a trends report. Sublet space (as a percentage of total vacant space) went from 8.9 per cent to 18 per cent.

The sluggish economy and an oversupply of new office buildings are blamed for a sudden jump in vacancy rates across Canada, to a level not seen since 2005, according to the study.

Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto recorded the most noticeable increases.

However, the report also noted that limited new development in the downtown office market has helped steady conditions in Vancouver, making it one of the more stable markets.

CBRE said the national vacancy rate is projected to rise to 9.4 per cent at the end of the third quarter of this year, a sharp jump from the 6.3-per-cent rate a year ago.

Nowhere has the upward trend been felt more acutely than in the boom/bust economy of Alberta, where just two years ago, tenants were scrambling to find 20,000 square feet of contiguous space. Today, they can have their pick. Vacancy rates in Calgary, Alberta's largest city, have climbed to 13.1 per cent from 4.7 per cent.

Much of the country has been hit by the double whammy of a decrease in white-collar jobs coming at the same time as an increase in office supply.

"Canada's downtown office market is doubly burdened by a surplus of space, with buildings currently under construction and a swell of inventory that will continue to be added to the market," said John O'Bryan, vice-chairman of CBRE, adding much of the new inventory has yet to affect the vacancy rate.

"These conditions of burgeoning space are expected to negatively impact vacancy rates for some time, at least until economic fundamentals are restored and employment figures resume in sectors that typically occupy downtown office space."

CBRE expects vacancy rates to climb well into 2010.

"We are 100 per cent in the driver's seat," says Stan Krawitz, president of Real Facilities Inc., which represents tenants.
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Ah well damn economy.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #158
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 01:24 AM   #159
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I´ve been to pretty much all the major cities in Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax) and by far my favorite cities are Vancouver and Montreal.

Very nice projects!
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